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SAESI finalises draft MOI

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saesi logo introThe Southern African Emergency Services Institute (SAESI)’s executive committee (EXCO) met on 26 - 27 March 2015 to finalise the draft memorandum of incorporation (MOI) of SAESI, to be presented at the Institute’s annual general meeting (AGM) in June this year in Kimberley; for adoption and implementation.

SAESI is a member-driven organisation that aims to further the interests of the emergency services’ fraternity. Since SAESI’s establishment in March 1959, then called the South Africa Fire Services Institute, members and their interests have been the Institute’s and its office bearers’ first priority.

Over the years, several changes had to be made to the Institute; some made willingly and others directed by legislation. One of these changes came in 2013 when the executive committee of the Institute investigated the registration of SAESI as a legal entity. After many discussions, the decision was taken to register SAESI as a non-profit company (NPC) under the Companies Act of 2008.

In August 2014, SAESI was officially registered as an NPC. With SAESI’s alignment with education and training, and its aim is to become the assessment quality partner (AQP) with the Local Government Sector Education and Training Authority (LGSETA) for firefighter training in South Africa, the registration had to be taken. The decision to partner with the LGSETA has been made and the process will be concluded soon. Beside the benefits mentioned, registration as an NPC will ensure that all the activities of SAESI are not only audited under the guidelines of the Companies Act, but it will ensure that all actions and activities will be transparent and accountable in line with good corporate governance; as indicated in the King III report. This includes the activities of SAESI’s various branches, the standing committees and the Institute’s head office.

26 - 27 March 2015 marks yet another milestone for SAESI, when the EXCO finalises the draft MOI of SAESI, to be presented at the Institute’s AGM in June 2015 in Kimberley; for adoption and implementation. This is a call to all the SAESI members to get a copy of the MOI from your branch chairperson and to become actively involved in the adoption and implementation of our MOI. To facilitate the process, EXCO members made themselves available to work hand in clove with branch chairpersons during workshops to be hosted by all branches during the months of April and May. Details of the workshops, including dates and venues, can be found on the SAESI website. Members are invited to attend these workshops.

We believe the chief fire officers and public servants who came together in 1959 to establish this great organisation will look down from heaven and salute every member in 2015, for brave steps taken to ensure that, not only does SAESI stay relevant in the 21st century, but also that it remains the official body recognised by government as the spokesperson for South Africa’s emergency services. ‘Be the change you want to see’.

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Last Updated on Monday, 30 March 2015 09:40

SAESI bids farewell to valued staffer

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SAESI bids farewell to Johanna Martina Liebenberg, who will be dearly missed

JM LiebenbergIt was with great sadness that South African Emergency Services Institute (SAESI) announced that Ms Johanna Martina Liebenberg, one of the pillars of the Institute, passed away after a long battle with illness.

Liebenberg, called Joyce by her friends, passed away earlier this month and will be sorely missed by her family, friends and colleagues. She was a long-time and most valued employee of SAESI and a recipient of the Servimus Medal.

Liebenberg was born on 16 September 1942, and began working at SAESI on 18 February 1980. Her duties included working on the annual reports of the various committees and collecting various regional chairpersons’ reports for the executive committee (exco) meeting agenda.

She ensured that meetings were supplied with all necessities, helped organise functions and events, communicated with members and committee members, communicated with local governments on behalf of committees.

Liebenberg also dealt with motions of condolences for exco meetings, administration of membership fees and royalties, organisation of exco meetings and international visits, and regular financial communications.

She assisted with annual external audit at head office, offered advice and guidance to regional secretaries, collected regional financials for audits, helped regions to submit their financials timeously and dealt with information to be communicated to members.

Ms Liebenberg will be sorely missed by all her colleagues at SAESI.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 26 March 2015 14:23

Looking back in order to move forward

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By: Ofentse Masibi – president of the Southern African Emergency Services Institute (SAESI)

 

As my term is fast coming to an end it is good to refl ect on the last two years since the 2013 conference. My term as president has been a learning experience of note and the lessons I have learnt I will take into the future with me and apply it throughout my life.During my inauguration at the 2013 SAESI Conference, it was an honour to be at such a great event, and I am sure that with Interact Media Defi ned and SAESI delegates behind the wheel, and Dino Padayachee as new president, this year’s will be even better.

The aim of the training events of the conference is also to educate and to keep those minds in the service fresh and up to date to perform their duties to the best of their ability. We still need judges for some of the events, so those of you with the experience here, have a look at the article and the criteria. For the rest, we urge you to make full use of this opportunity to strut your stuff , and get CPD points in a fun manner that encourages teamwork and service to the community. Whether you
prefer running as your means of exercise or practical training, we have the Half Marathon as well as the EMS, Extrication, Firefi ghting, Height Safety, and PIER challenges that will be taking place so we will meet all needs.If you have not been training already, you still have time to get yourself fi t for the symposiums and training events. We are hosting this for you to enjoy, make full use of the opportunity

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 March 2015 09:14

Be true to yourself

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By: Juggie Padayachee – chairperson of the SAESI education committee

previewThe recent articles in newspapers and over the national news has indicated alleged fraudulent practices carried out by students whilst attempting their examinations at schools.

This is not new but this alleged practices is also being carried out by some firefighters during their examinations. Being a very sensitive issue, these matters were dealt with as per the rules and regulations of the exams.

During the past few years there has been an increase in these fraudulent practices and reports have been submitted by the invigilators and in some cases by students themselves to ensure that all qualifications are obtained through studying and not through unethical means.

The reports submitted were (among others) for:

  • Swopping of answer books.
  • Crib notes.
  • Swopping cover pages of answer books.

This was not published before but I think it is high time that people know about these alleged practices. I have the greatest respect for people who are honest in what they are doing. The alleged fraudsters must note that we are serious about education and that all necessary steps are taken to prevent this.

Some people take offence when they are disciplined via a tribunal and they feel they are the victims in the whole process. This is not true as you are given an opportunity to defend your actions, please note the process as follows. Myself as the chairperson nominates people to do the investigations and then deal with the matter and signs the letter where a sanction is given. All these outcomes are sent to the chief fire officer and the municipal manager of the area of jurisdictions. This is done as one must consider that the managers use these qualifications for promotions, give you time off to write, allows study leave, and in some instances even pay for the studies.

A plea to all students: go in with a positive attitude, study hard, write these exams, and you will pass. I always remind people of how proud I am of them when they obtain these qualifications. This way you can proudly hang them on your wall, knowing that you deserve it and earned it the right way.

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Last Updated on Monday, 23 February 2015 14:16

SAESI membership explained

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By:  Ilze Kubirske – Senior writer

It is important for members to know how membership works and how and when cards are issued. The SAESI membership cards are issued to paying members and members that are in good standing. The cards are issued from 1 October and will only be given to paid members who have sent their proof of payment, ID, full names and surname, and membership number within the grace period of three months.

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New members will pay fees on a pro rata basis depending on when they join the institute and will receive their cards upon payment. The card will expire at the end of every financial year (30 Sep). 

Only paid members will receive a membership card.

Very often payment is received through branches for their members but it is not stated who the members are or just the names are given, no membership number or ID number. Communication between the head office and the branches need to be more effective in order for members to receive their cards.

Should an old member not pay within the grace period, the membership number will stay the same but the member will be treated as a new member and the history (ie. qualifying for the continued membership awards) will be null and void. A start penalty of 10% that will accumulate by 10% for every month not paid will be implemented for those that are late or did not submit the necessary documents.

Members should also take not that the SAESI Executive Committee has also made the decision that there will be an annual inflation-related increase in all fees payable to the institute.

So keep up to date on your membership payment so as to not risk losing your membership history. Send your details to your branch representative and make sure that they communicate the correct information to head office, or alternatively send your information to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or fax to 086 544 0008

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Last Updated on Thursday, 19 February 2015 07:40

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